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Food for Thought Speaker Series: Seed Matters

Planting the Foundation of a Sustainable Food Future

Featuring Matthew Dillon, advisor to Clif Bar Family Foundation SEED MATTERS and founder of Organic Seed Alliance (OSA)

Monday, May 9th
12 p.m.
Forbes Family Conference Center
Lucas Hall, Room 126

Lunch provided; RSVP required by 5/4

As we face today’s challenges –– climate change, environmental degradation, shrinking natural resource base, and an expanding population –– the development of seed resources and improved ecological approaches in farming will play an increasingly important role in our food future. Organic food systems not only feed the world more safely, they also provide multiple solutions to the global environmental, economic, and social challenges we face. Organic has been a success story with tangible benefits - producing high quality crops, contributing to the development of food self-sufficiency, and the viability of family farms and rural communities who have been in crisis for decades. So much already has been accomplished with so little investment in research, resources, and infrastructure relative to conventional agriculture. The benefits of organic farming will expand exponentially as research and education increase. Seed is the first critical link in improving our sustainable food future, and as such investment in organic seed systems is a priority. Clif Bar Family Foundation has launched "Seed Matters" to increase research funding, advocacy, and education on the benefits of organic seed systems for a sustainable food future.

Sponsored by the Food & Agribusiness Institute.

Cosponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Bronco Urban Gardens, and the Environmental Studies Institute.

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